The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Meet Mariah, Looking for a Family for 3 Years!


It’s the holidays! The time of year for families to gather together to celebrate traditions, share old memories, and make new ones. This year, as you surround yourself with family and friends, both two-legged and four-legged alike, remember there are millions of dogs in shelters, patiently waiting for a family of their own.

For some, this won’t be their first, second, or even their third Christmas behind bars.

It’s our Christmas wish that every dog in rescue would find a home for the holidays, so we’ve selected 12 special dogs from around the country that have been overlooked time and time again. Some are senior dogs, some have special needs, and some are passed over for reasons we simply can’t understand – but, they all deserve to spend the holidays with a family of their own.

We’re calling this the 12 Dogs of Christmas. The Dogington Post along with our friends at Wellness Natural Pet Food have joined forces to introduce you to 12 needy dogs in hopes that they’ll finally get noticed…and maybe get a home for the holidays!

Meet Mariah!


Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: Great Babies Rescue, Inc.

Type/Weight: Great Dane/ Large/ Female Age: Between 3 and 4 years old

How long in rescue:  3 years

Mariah’s Story:

Mariah came to us from Mississippi at the age of approximately 4-6 months old. We were contacted by a couple of young ladies who saved Mariah from being euthanized by a Back Yard Breeder.

Mariah, at a young age, got one of her rear legs hung up when she fell off of a deck. She hung by her rear leg for numerous hours before being found and was never taken to the vet for proper care. This caused significant damage to her rear leg in which the bones were twisted and then fused together and now her back leg is stuck straight.

The young ladies contacted us for assistance with getting her placed in a home as they could not keep her. We met them in Nashville, Tennessee, and Mariah has been with us ever since.

Mariah still has the leg. With her being so young, our vet did not want to amputate the leg, in order to prevent her from having hip issues in the future. Since the leg was healed, albeit stuck straight, Mariah uses it just like any other part of her body and does not let it slow her down one bit! She looks different than other dogs, but that is what makes her special. She does not know that she is any different and the deformity does not stop her one bit. To see this girl, play with the other dogs, run, climb stairs, and just live life is amazing to watch. How she has learned to adapt and learn to shine is inspiring. Unfortunately, because she does look different, she is overlooked.


Mariah Likes:

Loves being the center of attention, is a true Diva. Loves to run and play


Mariah doesn’t really have any dislikes that come to mind. She is easy going and is full of life and energy. Sometimes she is selective with her canine friends.

Special Considerations: 

Mariah really does not have any special considerations other than keeping an eye on the tip of the paw of her “peg”leg. If she runs a lot on concrete she gets a raw spot.


Mariah’s perfect family or home:

The perfect family for Mariah would be a home without very small children. Although Mariah gets along great with kids, her one leg can be a trip hazard when she gets the zoomies. It would be a family that loves to give her attention and make her their princess.


Does Mariah sound like a perfect fit? Here’s how to begin the adoption process

To learn more about adopting Mariah, please go to our website  and fill out the pre-adoptive home questionnaire. For more information, please contact Terry at 812-653-1985.

Great Babies Rescue takes the adoption process quite seriously and it is not done overnight. We pride ourselves as not only adopting out our dogs, but also adopting in families. We have an application and a contract that needs to be completed in order to begin the process.

Will Mariah finally find her forever with you?


The great folks at Wellness Natural Pet Food have a mission to help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. With that goal in mind, they’re making a generous donation of premium pet food to each rescue that’s cared for these amazing dogs for so long. And, if you adopt one of our “12 Dogs of Christmas,” they’ll send you 3 months worth of food for your newest furry family member, too!

About Wellness:

quincyAt Wellness®, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. Food feeds their souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies. That’s why our diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: To help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. For each of our recipes we never compromise—selecting nature’s finest ingredients and combining them in exact proportions to help support your pet’s health and wellbeing. Because we’re passionately picky from the first step to the last, we guarantee our products will deliver the Wellness Promise.

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